University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Faculty - Pablo Bose, Associate Professor

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Pablo Bose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. York University (2006)
  • C.V.
Area of expertise

Culture, space and power, transnationalism and diaspora, urban and cultural geography, political economy and ecology, India and South Asia.

Contact Information
University of Vermont
Department of Geography
209 Old Mill Building
94 University Place
Burlington, VT 05405-0114
Telephone Number: (802) 656-5717



My ongoing interest is in interdisciplinary teaching and research on issues of culture, space and power.I am in particular fascinated by the ways in which people and landscapes transform each other.  The primary focus of my work over the past decade has been on migration, transnationalism, diasporas, and diverse environments.  This has afforded me the opportunity to explore a range of different topics, regions, and time frames through the course of my investigations.  Some of my earlier work focused on environmental advocacy and grassroots social justice struggles against dams and logging in both India and Canada and I continue to be inspired by activist struggles and the strength and challenge of resistance movements across the globe.  I am also part of an ongoing multi-site, multi-year study of economic as well as other forms of development and population displacement which has resulted in several publications including the co-authored Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities (Cambridge University Press, 2011). My current research is focused on a number of different areas including:

  • Refugee resettlement in non-traditional destinations.  I am currently completing a project funded by the National Science Foundation on the refugee resettlement in small cities in the US and am beginning another funded by a UVM REACH grant that looks comparatively at resettlement policies and practices in the US, Canada and Scandinavia
  • Food and migration.  I am especially interested in the food practices of migrants, what they carry with them, what they attempt to recreate in new settings, and how they are transformed by the food culture of new settings.  I am also interested in alternative food practices and spaces as well as experiments in small-scale urban agriculture.  I am currently working on a project with the New Farms for New Americans project of the Association of Africans Living in Vermont on extending the growing season for refugee farmers.
  • Environmental displacement.  Drawing on my earlier research on development-induced displacement, this more recent work focuses on the effects of a changing environment on populations and forced migration flows.  My own interest has been the effect not only of climate change but perhaps more importantly the discourse of adaptation and mitigation efforts and how these have themselves often pre-emptively displaced and disenfranchised some of the most vulnerable populations, such as marginalized communities in Bangladesh.  I am also keenly interested in the displacements caused by conservation efforts and by eco-tourism as well as in the intensification of the resource extraction industry and its local impacts in places from Appalachia to the Alberta Tar Sands to the Gulf Coast.
  • Kolkata and Globalization.  One of my key areas of research is contemporary India and especially the megacity of Kolkata.  I have for over a decade been studying the effects of neoliberal urban development, diasporic involvements, and environmental struggles in the city, especially in peri-urban regions and the wetlands areas to the east.  I am especially interested in the rise of what some have called a form of ‘bourgeois environmentalism’ in Indian cities such as Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Technology, education and representation.  Cultural studies and popular culture in particular have long been fascinations of mine and I have explored this especially in the realms of the virtual, including video games, environmental media, and online education.  I am currently a part of a video game research collaborative at UVM with a number of other faculty

For more on my research, teaching and community connections please see my blog at

For more on my NSF-funded project on refugee resettlement please go to:


GEOG 060 – Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the US

GEOG 099 – Lives of the Global City

GEOG 151 – Geography of India

GEOG 154 – Geography of Development

HCOL 185 –  Geography of Sports

GEOG 186 – Qualitative Research in Geography

GRS 195    – Geographies of Peace and Conflict in Belfast

GEOG 272 – Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism

GEOG 273 – Seeing Green – The Cultural Politics of Consuming Nature


The following are a selection of undergraduate honors projects I have supervised in recent years:

  • Sameera Ibrahim (Geography, 2016), The Spatial Politics of Refugee Resettlement in Burlington, Vermont
  • Alex Rosenberg (Geography, 2016), Can a T-Shirt Create Long-Term Change? Cause-Related Marketing in Preemptive Disaster Response and Mitigation Efforts
  • Meraz Mostafa (Geography, 2015), Imaginative Geographies of the Old North End: A Qualitative Mapping Venture
  • Navah Stein (Environmental Studies, 2015), Gardening and Cultural Identity Among Bhutanese Refugees in Burlington, Vermont
  • Erin Kerr (Geography, 2014) Evaluating Official Development Assistance Flows to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Oakley Clark (Geography, 2013) The Geopolitics of the Global Refugee Regime: A Critique of Refugee Status Conventions and Protocols
  • Holidae Filkins (Geography, 2013) The Role of Farmer’s Markets in Communities and Their Impacts on Food Systems
  • Mia Payraudeau (Geography, 2013) Greenmaggedon: Salvation Through Green Consumption
  • Anya Gedrath-Smith (ENVS, 2012) Time for Tea: Sustainable Tea Tourism in Nepal
  • Kathleen Hartin (ENVS, 2012) The Social Implications of Conservation-Induced Displacement for the Masaii Residents of Engare Sero, Northern Tanzania
  • Tyler Wilkinson-Ray (Global Studies, 2012) Growing Food Justice: Two Cases in Burlington, VT
  • Maria White (Global Studies, 2012) Burlington, VT, the FairTrade Towns Campaign and the Fair Trade Movement
  • Kathryn Grenoble (Political Science, 2011) An Exploration of Governance and Health Care in the Face of the HIV and AIDS Crisis in Botswana

Selected publications

Bose, Pablo S. 2016. “Challenging homogeneity: refugees in a changing Vermont” in Morgan Poteet and Shiva Nourpanah (eds.) After the flight: the dynamics of refugee settlement and integration, 228-253. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Lunstrum, Elisabeth, Bose, Pablo S. and Zalik, Anna. 2016. “Environmental displacement: the common ground of climate change, extraction and conservation.” Area, 48(2): 130-133.

Bose, Pablo S. 2016. “Vulnerabilities and displacements: adaptation and mitigation to climate change as a new development mantra” Area, 48(2): 168-175.

Bose, Pablo S. 2015. Urban development in India: Global Indians in the remaking of Kolkata.  London and New York: Routledge.

Bose, Pablo S. 2015. “New Vermonters and Perspectives on Vermont Migration” Northeastern Geographer, 7(2015): 89-101.

Bose, Pablo S. 2014. “Refugees in Vermont: mobility and acculturation in a new immigrant destination.” Journal of Transport Geography 36(2014): 151-159

Bose, Pablo S. 2014. “Living the Way the World Does: Global Indians and the Reshaping of Kolkata” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104(2): 391-400.

Bose, Pablo S. 2013. “Bourgeois Environmentalism, Leftist Development, and Neoliberal Urbanism in the City of Joy” Tony Samara (ed), Locating right to the city in the Global South, 127-151.  New York: Routledge.

Rutherford, Stephanie, and Pablo S. Bose. 2013. “Biopower and play: bodies, spaces and nature in Digital Games” Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, XII (2013).

Bose, Pablo S. 2013. “Building Sustainable Communities: Immigrants, Acculturation and Mobility in Vermont” Research in Transportation Business and Management, 7 (2013): 81-90.

Bose, Pablo S. 2013. “Technofetishism and Online Education: Globalizing Geography Education Through Virtual Worlds” Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37(3): 1-12.

Penz, Peter G., Jay Drydyk and Pablo S. Bose. 2011. Displacement by Development: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Ph.D., 2006, Environmental Studies, York University

M.A., 2000, Communications, Simon Fraser University

P.B.D., 1997, Communications, Simon Fraser University

B.A., 1995, English (Honors), University of British Columbia